NewsSaturday 11th July 2015 Gala Day
After months of preparation by the Dundee City Council and the Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden, on Saturday, 11th July 2015 an unforgettable party was held in the Barnhill Rock Garden to celebrate its 60th Anniversary.
During the opening ceremony conducted by the Environment Convener the Friends gave gifts of £60 each to two of the Garden’s voluntary helpers, Iain Hunter and Ian Baxby who between them have worked in the Garden for more than 30 years. In addition a donation of £600 was given to Broughty Ferry in Bloom to help them with their efforts to improve the Broughty Ferry environment.
Later the Friends’ first chairman, Isobel Turner cut a specially made birthday cake and the current chairman, Mary Saunders, unveiled a delightful birdbath commissioned by the Friends from Jennifer Rae, a clay modeller, artist and ceramist from Cupar in Fife.
Entertainment at the Gala included entertainer Talented Ted who made balloon animals for a never-ending queue of children; a storyteller, the Play on Wheels Play Bus; Dance Ihayami; The Swizzle Sisters; Dundee Instrumental Band; 6th/8th Boys Brigade Pipe Band; Snag Golf; a small putting green; The Countryside Rangers; Face painting by Dirti Faces and Brae Riding Stables pony.
A record number of plant stalls and charity groups took part and a warm sunny day encouraged a large number of adults and children to take part and enjoy a great afternoon.
Thursday, 18th June 2015 Green Flag judging 2015:
Judges, Scott Thomson and Jenny Hargreaves from Keep Scotland Beautiful visited the Barnhill Rock Garden on Thursday, 18th June for the annual assessment in respect of our Green Flag. The weather was a bit bleak but the atmosphere was warm and the Garden did its best to impress.
Friends of the Rock Garden carried out their Spring Clean on Saturday, 11th April - concentrating on their Scree, Geddes Glasshouse beds and Snowdrop Wood, leaving them looking even better than usual. The wind was cold but the sun did its best to warm us up.
Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden held their 17th Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 24th September at the St Aidan’s Centre in Broughty Ferry. 65 members attended; were given an update on the Garden by Head Gardener, Michael Laird and entertained by Daphne Barbieri’s film of the Friends’ summer activities.
The committee comprising Chairman, Mary Saunders; Vice Chair, John Grocott; Treasurer, Heather Dailly; Secretary, Anne Hesketh; Membership Secretary, Kate Grocott and members, Marge Auras, Anne Chalmers, Tom Neilson, Ann Taylor and Isobel Turner were all re-elected.
During her Statement, the Chairman acknowledged the commitment of the late Jim Millan, who had recently lost his long battle with poor health, to the Barnhill Rock Garden. He had been a committee member of the Friends since its inception and always worked to improve the Rock Garden. It was due to his strenuous efforts that the Geddes Glasshouse was obtained. Dave Scott, Head Gardener before the current Gardener, Michael Laird, had asked for special mention to be made of the contribution Jim Millan made to the ongoing development and maintenance of the Garden. “Over the years since his retirement he was a regular visitor to the Garden and a constant source of encouragement and enthusiasm. He helped to keep up the morale of the weary weeders and enriched the Garden with many plants he had raised from seed”.
The vote of thanks was given by Eleanor Mearns.
19th August 2014
Deputy environment convener Vari McDonald and environment director Ken Laing came to the Barnhill Rock Garden to present the Barnhill Rock Garden, Baxter Park, Templeton Woods and Trottick Ponds Nature Reserve with their Green Flags for 2014-2015. Friends of the Garden and Gardener, Michael Laird were present for the event.
15th August 2014
Keep Scotland Beautiful assessors Ian & Sandra Maclennan were at the Barnhill Rock Garden this morning to judge the Friends’ entry into the It's Your Neighbourhood Campaign for 2014.
29th July 2014
Beautiful Scotland judges, Sandy Scott and John MacLennnan were in Broughty Ferry to judge Broughty Ferry in Bloom’s entry into this year’s competition and completed their “tour”- at the Barnhill Rock Garden.
As part of the National Gardening Week, Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden carried out a Spring-clean at the Garden on Saturday, 19th April. This year, apart from tidying/weeding areas of the garden for which they are responsible the Friends planted nearly 1000 snowdrops-in-the green in the Snowdrop Wood and Sunflower seeds in a bed beside the railway to celebrate, along with community groups around the country, “50 years of RHS Britain in Bloom”. Helping the Friends with these activities were Cub Scouts from 1st Monifieth Group who also carried out a “litter-pick” across the Garden. This Group have been coming to the Garden for five years now to assist with the Spring-clean.
Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden, Chairman, Mary Saunders, Ann Taylor and Head Gardener, Michael Laird attended the Beautiful Scotland Annual Seminar & It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards Presentation in the Albert Halls, Stirling on 30th October. As last year they were delighted to be presented with two Certificates – an “Outstanding” Certificate in the IYN Scheme and also a Certificate of Distinction in recognition of their hard work. This year the presentations were made by Pamela Whittle, President of The Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society in Scotland.
Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden held their AGM on Wednesday, 25th September in the Age Concern Hall, Broughty Ferry. A large turnout of members re-elected the Committee, comprising Chairman, Mary Saunders; Vice Chairman, John Grocott; Treasurer, Heather Dailly; Secretary, Anne Hesketh; Membership Secretary, Kate Grocott and Anne Chalmers, Jim Millan, Tom Neilson, Ann Taylor and Isobel Turner. Margery Auras was elected as a new member of the committee.
Gardener, Michael Laird gave an update on activities and progress in the Garden and Daphne Barbieri’s film of the group’s activities during the year was shown.
In her report Chairman, Mary Saunders commented on the Awards received last year by the Friends for their work in supporting the Garden – a Beautiful Scotland Outstanding Achievement award in the It’s Your Neighbourhood Scheme and a Certificate of Distinction from the Royal Horticultural Society for their work over the past few years. The group had also supported Broughty Ferry in Bloom helping them to achieve Silver Gilt Awards in 2012 and 2013.
Thursday, 15th August 2013:
Friends of the Barnhill Rock Garden were presented with a new Green Flag by Convener, Craig Melville at Trottick Mill Ponds.